In this Preshow Rituals segment, the indie pop artist, Falcon, reveals what she does before taking the stage. You can check out the story, after the break.
Getting ready to perform usually requires a combination of elements for me. I have a series of things that I do right before going out onstage – Meditation, visualization, stretching, movement, prayer, a little bit of whiskey, and a quiet moment of intentional, specific gratitude. During the day I will usually find a quiet place to journal and duck into whatever book I’m reading at the moment. Mid-afternoon wait times call for coffee or playing a round of “catchphrase” with bandmates and FaceTime with friends at home. I get too much in my head sometimes, so fun things that put me in the moment are always good.
I read once about an author once who, before going to speak at events, would visualize her soul as a tree whose roots were strong and sure, and her branches reached out past the end of the auditorium. It created such a peaceful feeling for me so I try to return to that visual every night before going on a stage. It takes the pressure off of the performance and makes me feel small and included in whatever magic is about to happen.